Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Dear Attorney-General-Elect Cuccinelli

Dear Attorney-General-Elect Cuccinelli,

I am writing to congratulate you on your well-deserved victory and to let you know that I look forward to the years to come in your career.  Though I do not agree with everything that I saw presented on your issues, that I was particularly glad to see a person running for office who believes that the ideas of the Founding Fathers as captured in the constitution embodies a principle that places bounds on what the government is permitted to do.  You understand that individual rights matter to voters and that puts you leaps and bounds ahead of the likes of Bob McDonnell and Bill Bolling. 

Where I disagree with you is the idea that an embryo has rights that supersedes the rights of the host of that embryo; that is, the woman.  The rights of fully living human beings to do with the cells of their body as they wish are inviolable.  And the idea that the state can step in and tell a woman what she may do with her body is in complete opposition to the idea that you have a right to your life.  A right to your life means a right to your body and all of the cells in it.  Either you believe in individual rights, or you believe the state has a right to tell you what to do with your life and body.

I believe that the Republican party is lost right now and the only way they can provide a clear opposition to altruistic Democratic Socialism is by championing individual rights and laissez-faire capitalism.  Republicans are unable to provide clear differentiation from Democrats because they accept the same basic moral premises: that man doesn't exist for his own sake, but rather for the greater good of society or to carry out the will of god or other such nonsense.  Republicans can win by being the champions of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, but not so long as you remain in bed with the religious right.

At any rate, you are the candidate that I voted for most enthusiastically, so I hope that this message meets with a like mind. 

-Francis Luong